Treasrue Hunting In Boise, Idaho

by mary August 30, 2015

A week or so ago, I spent 4 1/2 days in Boise, Idaho with my mother-in-law (MIL) visiting her 90-year old sister & niece.  While there, we did some power-shopping, including checking out an antique mall & a vintage clothing store.

I picked up a fun 60's drop-waist dress & 3 tops from the 40s & 50s, plus these fun pieces for jewelry-making -- including an old hotel key fob, 2 cow tags (the numbers 6 & 181), & several broken bakelite pieces.

So far, I've made a necklace from the hotel key fob & an old key I had . . .

and another necklace out of one of the cow tags & some bakelite game chips I'd found awhile ago at an antique mall here in Des Moines . . .

and I've got a design going for the green bakelite piece on the right!

I also picked up some vintage jewelry from a friend of my MIL, who was cleaning out the estate of a family member . . .

Yesterday, I made a necklace from the hand-painted glass cameo in the upper right (it's "c-clasp" was broken). I wire-wrapped the cameo with copper & sterling silver, & added vintage chain, chalcedony & amethyst beads.

I'm really intrigued by the paper-clip pin in the lower right & eager to try designing something out of it as well.

To see more of my jewelry, check out my website at  And, as always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses.


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What I Wore on Thursday - August 27, 2015

by mary August 27, 2015

On Thursday, August 27, I wore this fun 1970s Mystic Beach, SC cropped t-shirt that I picked up recently through the Ooh La La Frocking 1962 & Onwards Facebook group. 

I love the colors & scene on this t-shirt.  According to the website, Tee Fetch, the t-shirt first appeared in the US sometime around the Spanish American War, when they were issued by the US Navy.  By the 1920s, the word t-shirt appeared in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.  The first printed t-shirt appeared in 1942 on the cover of Life magazine; & by the late 1960s, t-shirts sported commercial advertising, souvenir messages, protests & other forms of self-expression.

With my fun t-shirt, I wore one of my tropical-themed charm bracelets.

This charm bracelet includes Cracker Jack/gumball charms, as well as tropical coins & a mother-of-pearl gemstone.  I especially like the little blue glass fish & the vintage Treasure Island charm.

I also wore a pair of earrings that I made from vintage pinwheel buttons & silver beads.

I like the way the yellow in the buttons matches the yellow in the t-shirt.

To see more of my jewelry, check out my website at  And, as always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses!


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Treasure Hunting in Wisconsin 2015 - Part 2

by mary August 24, 2015

2During July, I spent 12 days traveling in Wisconsin visiting family & friends.  I spent the first few days in the Menomonee Falls Area.  Next, I drove up to Kewaunee to see my good friend, Pam.  On the way, I stopped at the J & J Antique Mall just outside Manitowoc.

There I found several fun things, including this set of vintage plastic dominoes.

Here's a necklace I made recently with 3 of the dominoes!  I also used vintage chain & black beads.

I also found this fun set of tins.

I haven't made anything out of the tins yet, but I've got lots of idea I'm looking to try.

Finally, I found these fun little colorful plastic & wood beads.

And here's a necklace & pair of earrings I made from them.

I love stopping at the J & J Antique Mall because it's just off I-43 on my way to Pam's, and I pretty much always find a thing or two there -- sometimes for me to keep (like the hatbox from Milwaukee that I found one year), sometimes for me to give to Steve (like the slot cars I've found there), & sometimes for me to use in jewelry-making.  This time, I hit the jackpot in terms of finding things to use in jewelry!

That's it for Part 2 of this year's Wisconsin trip.  To see more of my jewelry, check out my website at  And, as always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses!



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2015 Iowa State Fair

by mary August 17, 2015

On Friday, August 14, Steve & I went to the Iowa State Fair for the first time in at least 5 years.  The Iowa State Fair is supposed to be one of the best in the country.  I've only gone to one other state fair (Wisconsin) & the last time I did that was over 40 years ago!

We like to go first thing in the morning when the buildings aren't even open yet & the fair is just "waking up".  In the past, we usually spent most of our time in the animal barns & walking through every building.  This year, though, we decided to skip all the crowds in the buildings & mainly spend our day walking around outside & stopping at various places to listen to the free entertainment & people watch. 

One of the buildings we did spend time in was Pioneer Hall, which is where they display antiques & have artisans demonstrating crafts from the past, like caning, basket-making & printing.  They also have country & blue grass musicians perform pretty much all day.

We really enjoyed our time there.  They also have a few antique vendors in Pioneer Hall, & I was pleasantly surprised to find something I thought I could make jewelry out of -- a small bag of what almost look like tiddliwinks to me.

Yesterday, I made a fun pair of earrings out of some of them . . .

The other things we enjoyed was walking around the midway looking at all the colorful rides & games.  We have an HO model of a carnival at home & we came away with lots of ideas for rides & booths to add. 

It's always fun to see the latest in stuffed toys you can win -- this year, it's minions! We won't be adding minions to our model carnival, however, as it's set up more to look like 1940s - 1960s.  We would like to think of a way, though, to add some tiny stuffed toys to the game booths.

We'd like to add more kiddie rides & we thought this one would be really fun!

Two of the rides we liked the most were these 2 spooky ones.  We have a haunted house ride & got lots of ideas for how to embellish it from these -- like adding cobwebs & tombstones!

By mid-afternoon, we were worn out & heading for home after a fun day at the fair!



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What I Wore on Thursday - August 13, 2015

by mary August 14, 2015

On Thursday, August 13, I wore this lovely lavendar 1940s seersucker dress with rhinestone buttons, as well as a fun 1960s hat & woven wicker purse!   I got all 3 at Dorothea's Closet Vintage over the last couple of years.

Seersucker is a "puckered" fabric.  According to the Fashion Guild, the name "seersucker" is derived from the Persian word for "milk & sugar" - shir o shakar.  I especially love seersucker for it's lightness in the summer.

With my summery dress, I wore 2 pieces of jewelry I've made recently.  I made this necklace using a broken part of an old necklace, as well as beads & chain (including rosary chain) that I've picked up at various flea markets, antique shows & garage sales.

I chose the beads & chain that I thought best complemented the pearlized stone & rhinestone in the pendant.

I also wore a pair of coneflower earrings I made out of old tin lithograph scraps & beads that matched the purple in the coneflowers.

I thought the necklace complemented the rhinestone buttons on the dress, while the earrings complemented the lavendar color.

To see more of Dorothea's Closet Vintage clothing, check out the shop's website at  To see more of my jewelry, go to

As always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses!


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Treasure Hunting in Wisconsin 2015 -- Part 1

by mary August 9, 2015

During July, I spent 12 days in Wisconsin -- visiting my home town, family & friends, & camping -- and treasure hunting along the way for things to use in making jewelry.

My first stop was a couple of days in Menomonee Falls, my hometown.  While there, I had lunch one day with a couple of friend from high school, dinner with another high school friend, lunch with some cousins, & dinner another night with a niece.

I also visited my old church & grade school.

I was really lucky that they were doing some remodeling inside; as a result, I was able to walk around inside.  In fact, I got a tour from a guy that turned out to be the older brother of 2 of my classmates back in grade school!  It was funny how little some of the classrooms & lockers had changed from what I remembered as a child!

And, I got to walk around inside my old high school, which is now a middle school & was open for summer classes.

Like my grade school, much remained the same, including the gym, lockers & hallways!  A big difference, though was in how the classrooms were set up -- I remember individual desks & now it's all tables arranged so kids sit in circles.

I also walked the trail by the river & waterfall, & the lime kiln part,

I love that the village has preserved the old lime kilns & built a trail along the river!  Here's a view from the trail of the river a bit farther down from the falls.

And here's one upstream a bit.

While I didn't find any jewelry-making treasures this leg of the trip, I had a fabulous time visitng friends & family & "walking down memory lane"!  My next stop was at an antique mall just off I-43 before Manitowoc on the way to visit my friend Pam in Algoma, however, & there I did find several fun things.  But that will have to wait until next Sunday!

As always, thanks for reading & supporting small businesses! 


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What I Wore on Wednesday - July 29, 2015

by mary August 6, 2015

On Wednesday, July 29, I arrived home from Wisconsin after spending 12 wonderful days there visiting family & friends & camping up in Door County!  For my trip home, I wore this really fun 1960's paisley shirt!

I found the shirt the day before at this really fun vintage clothing store in Madison, Good Style Shop.  I actually ended up picking up 4 other vintage blouses (including one covered in sequins from the 1940s), & 2 vintage purses!

According to the Fashion Guild, paisley has a long history in Asia & the Middle East, & dates to the 18th century in Europe.  The 1960s saw a resurgence of its popularity in conjunction with interest in Eastern culture & belief. 

With my fun shirt, I wore 2 pieces of jewelry I'd made recently.  The first is a fabricated necklace made our of copper & a stone a friend gave me that she found a couple of years ago when we were camping in Peninsula State Park in Door County, Wisconsin.

Here's a close-up of the stone/pendant.

I also wore a pair of fabricated earrings I made out of copper & vintage lucite "cabochons".

For both the pendant & the earrings, I used liver of sulfur to add patina to the copper.

I had a fabulous time while I was in Wisconsin, but I must admit it also felt good to be home!

To see more vintage clothing, check out Dorothea's Closet Vintage website at  To see more of my jewelry, go to

As always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses!


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Pauline's Jewelry Box was founded by Mary Nelson in 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa.  I chose the name Pauline's Jewelry Box because my mother's name was Pauline & I have many fond memories of looking through jewelry box & playing with her jewelry

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